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Old 31 December 2006, 20:22   #11
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I guess this is one of those questions that may have been asked a few times but which colour GPS Plotters do you rate for use with small Ribs I guess the 5" type would be preferable.

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You can download simulator of Lowrance plotter at link below.

http://www.lowrance.com/Software/PCS...3500C_demo.asp

I also looked at the combined plotter / depth but wasn't sure about "all eggs in one basket".

Interesting that going to lowrance.co.uk brings up garmin's UK website!
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Old 02 January 2007, 05:03   #12
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What about this http://www.standardhorizon.com/ VHF & Chart Plotter in one + fish finder as an option.

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......... But that is the US site and not available or legal in the UK ............ at least for now!
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When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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Old 02 January 2007, 11:11   #13
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Chris, I have had the Garmin 188c for 3 years and it get the thumbs up. The 182c has been replaced with the newer chart system by Garmin hence the bargin price. However if you don't need the latest functions then older bluechart system is good. The Marine Superstore are doing some bargins at the moment on Garmins and a chart covering Southern England/ Channel/ Northern France and Channel Islands is 100.

New Garmin Stuff for 2007

Not sure about Navman stuff, two fuel computers have both failed through water ingress, but lots of folk on here have Navman and like them.

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Old 02 January 2007, 17:38   #14
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Navman seems to have a number of threads focused on negative not positive aspects which is always a bit concerning.

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Old 03 January 2007, 20:30   #15
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I really like the Garfmin range and I think they are more suitable for ribs than the Navmans however so it's a tough choice.

If you had a merc mariner engine with Smartcraft guages then it would have to be Navman
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Old 04 January 2007, 08:08   #16
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I really like the Garmin range
Ditto. I've just taken delivery of a 178 Plotter/Sounder and am very happy with it. Marine superstore are doing a great deal on these units at the moment - see here

These units even include the transom mount sounder. I know the arguments about all eggs in one basket, but they seem like really nice bits of kit.

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Old 13 January 2007, 13:49   #17
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Ditto. I've just taken delivery of a 178 Plotter/Sounder and am very happy with it. Marine superstore are doing a great deal on these units at the moment - see here

These units even include the transom mount sounder. I know the arguments about all eggs in one basket, but they seem like really nice bits of kit.

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Andrew have you used this yet out on the water what's it like. Thanks
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Old 14 January 2007, 19:34   #18
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Sadly not yet - it only arrived 10 days ago and I ended up spending all last week in Seattle. Before I can really give it a good run I have the delightful task of running the sounder cable and the GPS ariel lead through the underfloor trunk on my Ribtec - Oh joy.

However I did run it up off the car battery whilst in the car and it seemed to do a reasonable job whilst driving around.

Looks a really nice toy - if you are local to Poole I can give you a shout once its wired up and you're welcome to have a blast around the harbour whilst we put it through its paces. Let me know if your interested

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Old 15 January 2007, 11:46   #19
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Thanks Andrew sounds good. I must try and sort this out soon. Last years and this years budget all blown on last yeas repairs So we were looking at them as a low cost option as i dont think we we will get out too much this year but want to get a little help with the navigation. I had hoped to pick up a second hand one if someone upgraded to colour.
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Old 15 January 2007, 12:16   #20
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Garmin 178

The dual argument holds well when cockpit space is limited !!
Just purchased one of the 178m 's for the club RIB at 159 quid!

http://www.marine-super-store.com/po...artno=99158699

The colour one was tempting, but at 250 extra for the same animal with a colour screen, we can live with B/W
It replaces our old Garmin FFB 100 (well pleased with that we was)and Furuno GPS that got toasted last year!!
The dual frequency sounder included gives an excellent bottom picture and as divers, the fish finder confirms the presence of a wreck with life congregating around the viewed plot,,

Although the B/W version is discontinued, it still has the 1 year warranty and support and IMHO is excellent VFM....
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